MEDIEVAL INDIAN HISTORY

Medieval Indian History

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(1) Early Medieval India, 750-1200: 

(2) Cultural Traditions in India, 750- 1200:

Philosophy:

Religion:

  • Forms and features of religion,
  • Tamil devotional cult,
  • growth of Bhakti,
  • Islam and its arrival in India, Sufism

Literature:

Art and Architecture:

(3) The Thirteenth Century:

Establishment of the Delhi Sultanate: Turkish advance towards India,The Ghurian invasions – factors behind Ghurian success

Foundation of Delhi Sultanate and early Turkish Sultans. Consolidation: The rule of Iltutmish, Consolidation: The rule of Balban: Part I

Foundation of Delhi Sultanate and early Turkish Sultans. Consolidation: The rule of Iltutmish, Consolidation: The rule of Balban: Part II

(4) The Fourteenth Century:

The Khalji Revolution: Alauddin Khalji: Conquests and territorial expansion, agrarian and economic measures: Part I

The Khalji Revolution: Alauddin Khalji: Conquests and territorial expansion, agrarian and economic measures: Part II

Tughluq: Major projects, agrarian measures, bureaucracy of Muhammad Tughluq: Part I

Tughluq: Major projects, agrarian measures, bureaucracy of Muhammad Tughluq: Part II

Firuz Tughluq: Agrarian measures, achievements in civil engineering and public works, decline of the Sultanate: Part I

Firuz Tughluq: Agrarian measures, achievements in civil engineering and public works, decline of the Sultanate: Part II

Shams Siraj Afif’s Account- Tarikh-i-Firuz Shahi

Foreign contacts: Ibn Battuta’s account: Part I

Foreign contacts: Ibn Battuta’s account: Part II

The Mongol threat to India during 13th and 14th Centuries

(5) Society, Culture, Economy and Administration in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries:

Government and Administration under the Delhi Sultanate

Iqta System

Economy: Agricultural production, rise of urban economy and non-agricultural production, trade and commerce.

Society: composition of rural society, ruling classes, town dwellers, women, religious classes, caste and slavery under the Sultanate: Part I

Society: composition of rural society, ruling classes, town dwellers, women, religious classes, caste and slavery under the Sultanate: Part II

The Lekhapaddhati as a source of history

Culture: Persian literature, literature in the regional languages of North India, literature in the languages of South India, Sultanate architecture and new structural forms, painting, evolution of a composite culture.

Educational development during Sultanate period

Culture in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries: Amir Khusrau

(6) The Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Century – Political Developments and Economy:

Rise of Provincial Dynasties: Bengal, Kashmir (Zainul Abedin), Gujarat , Malwa, And Lodis

Rise of Provincial Dynasties: Kashmir (Zainul Abedin)

The Vijayanagra Empire and Bahmanids

Bahmani Administrative System

Portuguese Colonial enterprise

Babar’s advance towards India

Mughal Empire, First phase: Babur and Humayun

Humayun and the Afghans

The Sur Empire: Sher Shah’s administration

Bhakti and Sufi Movements.

(7) The Fifteenth and early Sixteenth Century – Society and Culture:

Regional cultural specificities – Literary traditions – Provincial architecture

Rana Kumbha’s cultural contribution

Society in Vijayanagara Empire

Architecture, Culture, literature and the arts in Vijayanagara Empire: Part I

Architecture, Culture, literature and the arts in Vijayanagara Empire: Part II

(8) Akbar:

Conquests and consolidation of the Empire and Rajput Policy

Rajput Policy of Akbar

State Under Akbar: Establishment of Jagir and Mansab systems

Mansabdari System

Land revenue system under Akbar

Evolution of religious and social outlook, theory of Sulh-i-kul and religious policy

Court patronage of art and technology

(9) Mughal Empire in the Seventeenth Century:

Major administrative policies of Jahangir and Shahjahan

Religious policies of Jahangir

Religious policies of Shahjahan

War of Succession by Shahjahan’s Sons: Aurangzeb and Dara Shikoh

Major administrative policies of Aurangzeb

Religious policies of Aurangzeb

The Empire and the Zamindars

Nature of the Mughal State

Mughal Theory of Sovereignty

Foreign policy of Mughals in Northwest

Deccan policy of Mughals

Late Seventeenth century crisis and the revolts

The Ahom Kingdom

Shivaji and the early Maratha Kingdom: Part I

Shivaji and the early Maratha Kingdom: Part II

(10) Economy and Society in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries:

Population

Fiscal and Monetary System, Prices In Mughal India

Agricultural production

Craft production

Towns: Part I

Towns: Part II

Commerce with Europe through Dutch, English and French companies: a trade revolution

Indian mercantile classes, banking, insurance and credit systems

Potentiality of emergence of capitalism in Mughal India

Condition of peasants

Condition of women

Evolution of the Sikh community and the Khalsa Panth

Bernier’s account of India

(11) Culture in the Mughal Empire:

Persian histories and other literature

Persian literature in Mughal India

Hindi literature in Mughal India

Hindi and other religious literature and Religions

Mughal architecture

Mughal painting

Rajput Painting

Provincial architecture and painting

Classical music

Science and technology

(12) The Eighteenth Century:

Factors for the decline of the Mughal Empire

The regional principalities: Nizam’s Deccan, Bengal, Awadh

Maratha ascendancy under the Peshwas

Nature of political system of Marathas

The Maratha fiscal and financial system

Emergence of Afghan Power,

Third Battle of Panipat: 1761

State of politics, culture and economy on the eve of the British conquest

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35 thoughts on “MEDIEVAL INDIAN HISTORY”

  1. Sir\Madam,
    Thanks a lot for your efforts. When are you planning to post rest of the parts of Medieval history?
    And same question for modern , Ancient, World as well. If you can provide any end date by when all these will be posted, it would of great help

      1. Sir.
        Till now many links are not active. So plz tell when You are going to activate these link…
        It would be great help for aspirants
        Thanks

  2. I really loved your effort in compiling these notes. I am eagerly awaiting all the topics to be covered soon. Thanks again

  3. You are doing a great work man…Loved the new look..Keep the good work going…Waiting for you to complete the remaining portions…Take care buddy

  4. Great work..some links are disabled like that of aurangzed and may others..shall they b enabled in future or there is some other technical glitch?

  5. sir appearing for mains this year,only 58 days remaining…your notes are very helpful,read all links but some are missing.its my humble request , if you can please upload them.I know it would definitely increase my marks.waiting eagerly for it.please do reply.

  6. Hello sir/madam, this is a really good initiative and true to it’s name the most appropriate one for selfstudy. Could you also post the remaining articles, For one, the culture part of Vijayanagara empire? It would bbe really helpful. Tq.

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